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Dr. Phil to interview alleged girlfriend hoaxer Tuiasosopo

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:09 a.m. HST, Jan 26, 2013

NEW YORK >> Dr. Phil McGraw has booked the first on-camera interview with the man who allegedly concocted the girlfriend hoax that ensnared Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o.

A "Dr. Phil Show" spokesperson confirmed on Friday the interview with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man accused of creating an online persona of a nonexistent woman who Te'o said he fell for without ever meeting face-to-face.

The ruse was uncovered last week by Deadspin.com, which reported that Tuiasosopo created the woman, named Lennay Kekua, who then supposedly died last September.

No further details of the "Dr. Phil" interview, including its airdate, were announced.

This interview follows the first on-camera interview with Te'o conducted this week by Katie Couric.


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ezridah wrote:
foah free...right ? hoax is paying off
on January 25,2013 | 01:13PM
allie wrote:
Yup...Teo is a farce but in all truth he brought this on himself
on January 25,2013 | 01:23PM
turbolink wrote:
Allie, here's a challenge: go one day without adding any comment to any Manti T'eo news item. Bet you can't do it!
on January 25,2013 | 03:10PM
honopic wrote:
Heck, turbolink.... she cannot go one day without adding any comment to any story! Go all in!
on January 25,2013 | 06:50PM
fishwrider wrote:
hono.....allie was outed as a guy a few months back when he slipped and commented on watching Hawaii high school football in the '80s as part of his usual anti-UH posts. Has claimed to be a "UH coed" on these boards for years. Real weirdo.
on January 26,2013 | 08:14AM
Updated: she cannot go 1 day without adding any significant thought to a story. Only knows how to add a negative spin to any topic of discussion. I almost feel sorry for her. She must live a very sad life.
on January 26,2013 | 08:15AM
allie wrote:
not at all. I love Hawaii and enjoy my fellow students at UH.
on January 26,2013 | 09:25AM
turbolink wrote:
You lose! You couldn't go one day. And if you love Hawaii, then explain how you pull a "Scott Caan" on a daily basis on local schools, government, customs, and often refer to Hawaii as "lala land" that you can't wait to leave. Allie, you make so many first memory references to things that we well before your alleged freshman year, I like many others no longer accept that you are a legitimate UH coed from North Dakota, much less a Mandan Indian. Instead you are a very disgruntled negative person full of poison comments to push on your fellow readers daily. While I endorse your right to your opinion, the manner in which you do so is between bizarre and abusive. There is a limit to what foolishness the rest of us have to endure.
on January 26,2013 | 09:55AM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
No, a farce would be allie continuing to pretend to be a UH co-ed after he's given ample evidence that he's too dumb and too lazy to even graduate from any accredited high school. Te'o will move on and learn from this experience. Allie however, will forever continue to be a useless DOLT. Some people are capable of learning and bettering themselves, Allie is clearly NOT one of them.
on January 26,2013 | 07:26AM
fishwrider wrote:
LOL....preach on as the Truth shall set us free!!!!
on January 26,2013 | 08:08AM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Allie is a product of his upbringing and multiple head injuries...after all his Mom wouldn't let him ride in the cab of the pickup: "allie wrote: I grew up in rrual North Dakota. My Mom woudl never have put any child in the cab of a truck. People out here seem to lack the first clue as to how to drive. on January 10,2013 | 09:38AM"
on January 26,2013 | 11:59AM
allie wrote:
mean and untrue
on January 26,2013 | 09:26AM
fishwrider wrote:
Hey allie...we'll all be watching Dr. Phil. We're curious to see what you look and sound like in person. Good luck!
on January 26,2013 | 08:10AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Slow down! There's a sluggish economy, not enough jobs, a huge debt issue, homelessness, multiple wars, and now the Manti Teo saga continues. I've got a huge headache. Roll me a fat one, hon.
on January 25,2013 | 01:19PM
BlueDolphin53 wrote:
So how's that workin' for ya? LOL. Honestly, I wonder if Ronaiah will try to drag down Teo with him or will he come clean and take all the responsibility? If Manti is complicit in this (frankly, even if he was totally innocent), I think I'd be a bit nervous about what this guy might say.
on January 25,2013 | 01:29PM
ezridah wrote:
there's enough talk show money to go around for everyone and everyone's a victim in all of this....
on January 25,2013 | 01:37PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Roniah, Tino, Manti can all star in the remake of DAZE OF OUR LIVES!!
on January 25,2013 | 02:00PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
If Dog the Bounty Hunter can have his own reality show, so can all the participants in this incident. We can do a remake of "DAZE OF OUR LIVES!".
on January 25,2013 | 02:12PM
Malani wrote:
You got me laughing Publicbraddah.
on January 26,2013 | 10:12AM
loio wrote:
nuff already with this. at this point, i really feel for Manti and his family.
on January 25,2013 | 02:27PM
serious wrote:
I do too. He had his say, I read and heard it--it was a hoax--anyone could have fallen for it. Now Dr $$$$$ is cashing in on it!!!
on January 25,2013 | 02:36PM
cojef wrote:
The guy has to make living, just like Katy did with Manti. Not defending Dr xxxx. Don't care for tabloid stories, cuz most are exaggerated story lines. If not they make it so.
on January 26,2013 | 10:42AM
nippy68 wrote:
ENOUGH OF THIS SHARADE ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
on January 25,2013 | 03:10PM
GAC wrote:
i smell money to be made by everyone now. books , movies , interviews. let it go everyone . yikes
on January 25,2013 | 03:16PM
Randz808 wrote:
Totally agree! I wish I thought of this...then I'd be sitting pretty with lots of $$$!
on January 25,2013 | 07:50PM
st1d wrote:
too much, this is exactly what rona has been trying to achieve since he went on the xfact and scammed manti. if you give him validation for his actions he will only do it again and again. not to mention all the other sociopaths you offer validation to as well.

dr phil may be the most dangerous of them all.

on January 25,2013 | 03:19PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
This should be good.
on January 25,2013 | 03:36PM
Randz808 wrote:
It's all about money!
on January 25,2013 | 07:47PM
st1d wrote:
dr phil: ronaiah, you are a poor excuse for a human being. you don't care who you destroy in your pursuit of fame and fortune. ronaiah: phil, you are an opportunist profiting off of people's willingness to publicize their narcissistic shortcomings. how are you any worse than me?
on January 25,2013 | 09:42PM
puamamane wrote:
Rona is a loser...too much time on his hands for all those calls. I like Manti, good kid, great FB player, but that chick "Lennay" was hot, how can you go that long without getting piece of that. I'm out after 3 months if I no can touch.
on January 26,2013 | 07:17AM
Malani wrote:
So leave it to Phil to drag something new out. The more that is being said the more it becomes, enough already!
on January 26,2013 | 10:08AM
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